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Coaching Pathway (Dressage)

The BHS Coaching Pathway (Dressage) allows you to focus your coaching skills within the dressage discipline; completing dressage centred awards from Stage 4 and above in teaching and from Stage 3 in riding.

  • Last reviewed: 2nd August 2022
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Highly respected around the world as an achievement in Complete Horsemanship, this pathway supports the fundamental skills required to teach and coach from entry level up to professional and competitive equestrians in riding and horse management. 

Through the combination of capabilities and knowledge acquired through our BHS stages, the pathway will help you to stand above the crowd and utilise the broadest possible understanding and expertise to coach our current and future generations.   

Who is this pathway for?

  • Anyone who wants to coach and train riders and horses
  • Anyone who wants a career working with horses
  • Anyone who wants a career in the equine industry
  • Anyone who wants to develop skills in horse care and management, lungeing, riding and coaching with a focus on dressage

Career pathway:

Coaching (Dressage) Pathway

  • Stage 1

Complete Horsemanship

Stage 1 Complete Horsemanship provides an industry recognised foundation of practical knowledge in riding, care and stable management to progress through any career pathway.

  • Stage 2

Foundation Coach in Complete Horsemanship

BHSQ Level 2 Foundation Coach in Complete Horsemanship (Stage 2) provides a foundation in equine care and management, lungeing, riding on the flat and over fences and the initial principles of teaching and coaching.

  • Stage 3

Coach - Dressage Ride

BHSQ Level 3 Coach - Dressage Ride (Stage 3) demonstrates your ability to work in the industry as a coach, inspiring others through your modern teaching methods with a sound knowledge base to support your coaching.

  • Stage 4

Senior Dressage Coach

BHSQ Level 4 Senior Dressage Coach (Stage 4) celebrates your development in coaching both horses and riders in the equestrian industry with considerable knowledge of care and management, riding and coaching.

Potential careers

With this pathway, you could potentially become a:

  • Riding school coach working with individuals and groups
  • Freelance dressage coach 
  • Established freelance dressage coach and trainer
  • Established dressage coach in an equestrian training centre
  • Senior and management roles within an equestrian business
  • Fellow of the BHS

Other Pathways

Whatever your career aspirations – caring for horses, riding professionally or coaching the next generation – there’s a pathway for you.

Coaching Pathway (Show Jumping)

BHS Coaching Pathway (Show Jumping) will develop your jump work and support a career focussed on showjumping.

Find out more here.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please complete our enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly. Alternatively you can call us on 02476 840508.